I spent a glorious three weeks in Indonesia last year, and took part in Intrepid Travel’s Java-Bali Tour-an incredible experience. One of the absolute highlights of the trip was our stop in Bandung, on the island of Java. I got to witness a Children’s Theatre Performance which consisted of a mini parade, singing, dancing, and an angklung performance (in which the childen play bamboo musical instruments).
The performance literally brought tears to my eyes. I was looking forward for a long time to seeing some Indonesian puppet theatre (after taking a course on in it University that sparked my interest) but I did not think I would have the opportunity to see anything else. I was deeply moved and overjoyed watching the performance due to the overwhelming energy and happinss the kids excuberated while on that stage. Many of them hope to make their living in the performance arts and use their income one day as singers, musicians, and dancers to support their families. The production showed me, once again, the power of theatre to both culturally express and provide opportunities to communities around the world. Here is my video of the Bandung Childen’s Theatre group: